A gastroscopy or upper endoscopy is performed to examine the lining of the upper part of your gastrointestinal tract, which includes the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (first portion of the small intestine). A thin, flexible tube, which has its own lens and light source, is inserted through the mouth after you are comfortably sedated. No special preparation is necessary other than fasting prior to your procedure. An empty stomach allows for the best and safest examination, so you should have nothing to eat or drink, including water, for 6 hours before the examination.
University Hospital Geelong; Please ring GVC on 42152841 the day prior to your scheduled procedure to establish your arrival time.
St John of God Surgery Centre; The day prior to your scheduled procedure, you will need to contact the Surgery Centre on 5226 1393 between 2 pm and 5 pm to find out your time of admission.
St John of God Main Theatre; The day prior to your scheduled procedure, you will need to contact the hospital on 5226 8888 between 2 pm and 5 pm to find out your time of admission.
Your discharge time will vary but usually will be between 11 am and 1 pm if you are having a morning procedure or between 4 and 6 pm if your procedure is in the afternoon. You will need to make arrangement to be driven home by a family member or friend or taxi and need to ensure that someone stays with you after your discharge.
Fast from all solids and fluids after: _______________
Usual medications may be taken with a small sip of water on the day of the procedure unless otherwise advised.
If you are a diabetic and are taking oral medications or insulin, please ensure you have been advised regarding the appropriate changes to the treatment on the morning of the procedure.
If you are taking Warfarin, Plavix, Iscover, Asasantin, or any other blood thinning medications, you must NOT stop these unless instructed by your doctor and alternate arrangements have been made.